TALIESEN WEST

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Amidst the undulating desert land populated by dry scrub and tall cactuses in Scottsdale, Arizona stands this cluster of buildings with reddish roofs. This was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio and home from 1937 until his death in 1959. True to his concept and practice of organic architecture, the materials used to build these structures were mostly sourced at the site so you can see lots of stones incorporated into the concrete walls. The sweeping low roof lines which allowed lots of natural light and ventilation blended so well with its natural surroundings that you felt they were part of the natural landscape. Interestingly, the colors and patterns were derived from animals living in the area like the rattlesnakes and chameleons – you can easily see them in the way the stones embedded in the concrete walls are arranged. Many of his famous buildings such as the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York were designed in the drafting room here. Today, the place is part of the Wright Foundation and a National Historical Landmark. We visited it late in the day when the afternoon sun made the place glow in beautiful yellowish light. The place is pretty awe-inspiring and you can say that not only is it truly a work of a genius but also a visionary as well.

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